I’m delighted to be the president of the Cambridge University Golf Club. By way of introduction: I’m Master of Selwyn College, and previously I worked for the BBC. I spent many years in News – including being editor of the Today programme and head of television news – and then went across to be director of BBC Sport, and in charge of the BBC’s coverage of the London 2012 Olympics.
I suspect it was this sporting connection that caught the eye of our wonderful outgoing president, Adrian Dixon, and the club committee. It certainly can’t have been my golf skills, which can kindly be described as ‘basic’. But I had the privilege in BBC Sport of visiting some of the major tournaments and meeting many of the leading golfers; and I have a firm belief in the power of sport to improve lives and add to human happiness. Here in Cambridge I’m a member of the university sports committee, which seeks to foster student involvement in sport – and recognises that academic and sporting excellence can be complementary.
I’m hugely looking forward to meeting everyone, including the members of the Oxford and Cambridge Golfing Society who support us so well; and I already know about the warmth of the welcome at Royal Worlington, and the gratitude students feel to the clubs which host them during the year.
I should end with an admission that I did, I’m afraid, go to Oxford myself; but I promise I have seen the light. I’m now Light Blue forever, and Oxford should expect no favours in the Varsity Match or anywhere else!